Hearty congratulations to Waterford Juniors Kasandra Rasmussen and Sierra Kane, whose photographic work recently won national recognition.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were founded in 1923. This program to recognize young artists and writers is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious in the nation, and over the years has honored notable artists like Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon, among many others. This year over 185,000 works were entered. You may have already heard that Waterford students did very well at the Regional level of judging — 10 students won a total of 13 Gold Key awards, by far the most of any Utah high school.
At the National level, students can be recognized with even higher honors. Less than one percent of entries receive a National Gold or Silver Medal.
Kasandra received a National Silver Medal for her photograph, Discovery. Scholastic says that Silver Medals are given to “works demonstrating high honors at the national level.”
Sierra received a National Gold Medal for her photograph, Reflection. Scholastic says that Gold Medals are reserved for “the most outstanding works in the nation.” Her photo will be on display with other winners in New York City, and she is invited to the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
Discovery, by Kasandra Rasmussen
Reflection, by Sierra Kane